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Pritzker Architecture Prize Appointments

Today, The Pritzker Architecture Prize announced the appointments of Alejandro Aravena as Chair of the Pritzker Architecture Prize Jury and Manuela Lucá-Dazio as an advisor to the Prize and the next Executive Director, beginning in March 2021. The Pritzker Prize is known internationally as architecture’s highest honor, and this coming year will mark the 43rd year of the accolade.

“Throughout the history of the Prize, we have consistently relied on the diversity, expertise and standing of our jury members to interpret the evolving role of architecture as it responds to the changing needs of community, environment and technology. We are pleased to welcome back Alejandro Aravena, and in a renewed capacity as he brings with him a fresh model of leadership to steward our independent, international and esteemed jury,” comments Tom Pritzker, Chairman of The Hyatt Foundation, which sponsors the award. “Likewise, we are delighted to work with Manuela Lucá-Dazio in this new season as we continue our privilege of honoring architects who have impressed upon the industry through the art of architecture and their service to humanity.”

Mr. Aravena, 2016 Laureate of the Pritzker Prize, is Founder and Executive Director of ELEMENTAL, a “Do Tank” focusing on projects of public interest and social impact including housing, public space, infrastructure and transportation. His mastery of architecture aides his commitment to society, resulting in works and activism that respond to social, humanitarian and economic needs.

“Historically, architecture has been about creating innovative alternatives and imagining possibilities, but it is also intimately connected with society. As jurors, our task is, first, to be sensitive to those questions society would like the architectural profession to address, and to identify those architects that are trying to use the discipline’s body of knowledge to translate those questions into projects,” remarks Mr. Aravena. “I am honored to join this group effort aimed to improve the quality of the built environment.”

Mr. Aravena was the recipient of the 2019 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize, the 2018 RIBA Charles Jencks Award and the first architect to receive the Gothenburg Sustainability Award in 2017. He was Curator of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 and served on the Pritzker Prize Jury from 2009 to 2015. He is the ELEMENTAL Copec Chair at Universidad Católica de Chile, a former visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (2000 and 2005), and has taught at Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia (2005). He is a member of the advisory board of the Cities Program of the London School of Economics and is based in Santiago, Chile.

Mr. Aravena joins a distinguished class of previous Jury Chairs: Justice Stephen Breyer (2019-2020), who remains as a member of the Jury; Glenn Murcutt (2017-2018); Lord Peter Palumbo (2005-2016) and the late J. Carter Brown (1978-2004). Current jurors also include Barry Bergdoll, a Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, curator and author, New York, United States; Deborah Berke, architect and Dean of Yale School of Architecture, New York, United States; André Corrêa do Lago, architectural critic, curator, and Brazilian Ambassador to India, Delhi; Kazuyo Sejima, architect, educator and 2010 Pritzker Laureate, Tokyo, Japan; Benedetta Tagliabue, architect, Barcelona, Spain; and Wang Shu, architect, educator, and 2012 Pritzker Laureate, Hangzhou, China.

Manuela Lucá-Dazio most recently served as the Executive Director of the Department of Visual Arts and Architecture of La Biennale di Venezia. She has managed exhibitions with distinguished curators, architects, artists, and critics to realize the International Art Exhibition and the International Architecture Exhibition since 2009. Preceding that, she was responsible for the technical organization and production of both Exhibitions, beginning in 1999. She holds a PhD in History of Architecture from the University of Roma-Chieti, Italy and lives in Paris, France.

“It is for me an enormous honor to become the next Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, an essential point of reference in the architecture world, and even more at such a key historical moment for the architectural discourse and practice. I am deeply grateful to Margot and Tom Pritzker for giving me this chance. I look forward to joining the Pritzker Architecture Prize organization, to support its highly prestigious Jury and serve its mission to celebrate the quality in the profession for the enhancement of the built environment and the lives of those who inhabit it.”

Martha Thorne, Executive Director since 2005, will step down this upcoming March, following the announcement of the 2021 Laureate. Thereafter, she will remain an advisor to the Prize through the 2021 ceremony to oversee the transition. She will continue her expansive role as Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design, Spain, and looks forward to working with international clients facilitating competitions and architect selection processes.

“We are incredibly grateful for the long and impactful tenure of Martha’s service to the Prize, as she has infused the utmost diplomacy and discretion within her role while bringing to the fore, especially in the composition of jury members, the overdue merit of women in the field of architecture,” states Mr. Pritzker.

Of her departure, Ms. Thorne reflects, “The experience and knowledge gained over the past fifteen years with the Prize has been an enormous privilege. Looking ahead, I am eager to expand my involvement in other initiatives where I can directly affect the field of architecture both working with people and institutions to engage the services of architects and devoting more time to writing.”

Prior to joining the Pritzker Prize, Ms. Thorne served as Associate Curator of the Department of Architecture at The Art Institute of Chicago from 1996 to 2005. She is the editor and author of several books including The Pritzker Architecture Prize: The First Twenty Years, and author of numerous articles for architectural journals and encyclopedias.

The 2020 Pritzker Prize was most recently awarded to Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, of Dublin, Ireland, and presented during the first-ever video ceremony. The 2021 Laureate will be announced early next spring.

Alejandro Aravena
Alejandro Aravena, Photo by Sergio Lopez, Courtesy of Diario El Mercurio
Manuela Lucá-Dazio
Manuela Lucá-Dazio

Images for Download

The following are images of the architecture of Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara.

These images may be downloaded and distributed only in relation to the announcement of Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara being named the 2020 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates.

The photographer/photo libraries/artists must be credited if noted.

All images are copyright of the respective photographers and artists cited, and courtesy of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Click on each image to download a high-resolution file.

Captions for these images are in the 2020 Image Book, available here.
Download the 2020 Media Kit here.

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, photo courtesy of Alice Clancy
Urban Institute of Ireland
Urban Institute of Ireland, photo courtesy of Ros Kavanagh
Urban Institute  of Ireland
Urban Institute of Ireland, photo courtesy of Ros Kavanagh
Urban Institute of Ireland
Urban Institute of Ireland, photo courtesy of Ros Kavanagh
Urban Institute of Ireland
Urban Institute of Ireland, photo courtesy of Ros Kavanagh
Urban Institute of Ireland
Urban Institute of Ireland, photo courtesy of Ros Kavanagh
Urban Institute of Ireland
Urban Institute of Ireland, photo courtesy of Ros Kavanagh
Loreto Community School
Loreto Community School, photo courtesy of Ros Kavanagh
Loreto Community School
Loreto Community School, photo courtesy of Ros Kavanagh
Loreto Community School
Loreto Community School, photo courtesy of Ros Kavanagh
Loreto Community School
Loreto Community School, photo courtesy of Ros Kavanagh
Loreto Community School
Loreto Community School, photo courtesy of Ros Kavanagh
Loreto Community School
Loreto Community School, photo courtesy of Ros Kavanagh
Loreto Community School
Loreto Community School, photo courtesy of Ros Kavanagh
Loreto Community School
Loreto Community School, photo courtesy of Ros Kavanagh
Universita Luigi Bocconi
Universita Luigi Bocconi, photo courtesy of Federico Brunetti
Universita Luigi Bocconi
Universita Luigi Bocconi, photo courtesy of Federico Brunetti
Universita Luigi Bocconi
Universita Luigi Bocconi, photo courtesy of Federico Brunetti
Universita Luigi Bocconi
Universita Luigi Bocconi, photo courtesy of Federico Brunetti
Universita Luigi Bocconi
Universita Luigi Bocconi, photo courtesy of Alexandre Soria
Universita Luigi Bocconi
Universita Luigi Bocconi, photo courtesy of Federico Brunetti
Offices for the Department of Finance
Offices for the Department of Finance, photo courtesy of Dennis Gilbert
Offices for the Department of Finance
Offices for the Department of Finance, photo courtesy of Grafton Architects
Offices for the Department of Finance
Offices for the Department of Finance, photo courtesy of Grafton Architects
Offices for the Department of Finance
Offices for the Department of Finance, photo courtesy of Dennis Gilbert
Medical School, University of Limerick
Medical School, University of Limerick, photo courtesy of Dennis Gilbert
Medical School, University of Limerick
Medical School, University of Limerick, photo courtesy of Dennis Gilbert
Medical School, University of Limerick
Medical School, University of Limerick, photo courtesy of Dennis Gilbert
Medical School, University of Limerick
Medical School, University of Limerick, photo courtesy of Dennis Gilbert
Medical School, University of Limerick
Medical School, University of Limerick, photo courtesy of Dennis Gilbert

 

University Campus UTEC Lima
University Campus UTEC Lima, photo courtesy of Iwan Baan
University Campus UTEC Lima
University Campus UTEC Lima, photo courtesy of Iwan Baan
University Campus UTEC Lima
University Campus UTEC Lima, photo courtesy of Iwan Baan
University Campus UTEC Lima
University Campus UTEC Lima, photo courtesy of Iwan Baan
University Campus UTEC Lima
University Campus UTEC Lima, photo courtesy of Iwan Baan
University Campus UTEC Lima
University Campus UTEC Lima, photo courtesy of Iwan Baan
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, School of Economics
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, School of Economics, photo courtesy of Dennis Gilbert
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, School of Economics
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, School of Economics, photo courtesy of Dennis Gilbert
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, School of Economics
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, School of Economics, photo courtesy of Dennis Gilbert
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, School of Economics
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, School of Economics, photo courtesy of Dennis Gilbert
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, School of Economics
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, School of Economics, photo courtesy of Dennis Gilbert
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, School of Economics
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, School of Economics, photo courtesy of Dennis Gilbert
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, School of Economics
Université Toulouse 1 Capitole, School of Economics, photo courtesy of Dennis Gilbert
Institut Mines Télécom
Institut Mines Télécom, photo courtesy of Grafton Architects
Institut Mines Télécom
Institut Mines Télécom, photo courtesy of Alexandre Soria
Institut Mines Télécom
Institut Mines Télécom, photo courtesy of Alexandre Soria
Institut Mines Télécom
Institut Mines Télécom, photo courtesy of Alexandre Soria
Institut Mines Télécom
Institut Mines Télécom, photo courtesy of Alexandre Soria
Town House Building, Kingston University
Town House Building, Kingston University, photo courtesy of Ed Reeve
Town House Building, Kingston University
Town House Building, Kingston University, photo courtesy of Dennis Gilbert
Town House Building, Kingston University
Town House Building, Kingston University, photo courtesy of Ed Reeve
Town House Building, Kingston University
Town House Building, Kingston University, rendering courtesy of Grafton Architects
Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, City Library
Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, City Library, rendering courtesy of Grafton Architects
Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, City Library
Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, City Library, rendering courtesy of Picture Plane
Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, City Library
Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, City Library, rendering courtesy of Picture Plane
Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, City Library
Parnell Square Cultural Quarter, City Library, rendering courtesy of Picture Plane
London School of Economics and Political Science
London School of Economics and Political Science, rendering courtesy of Picture Plane
London School of Economics and Political Science
London School of Economics and Political Science, rendering courtesy of Grafton Architects
London School of Economics and Political Science
London School of Economics and Political Science, rendering courtesy of Grafton Architects
Medical School, University of Limerick
Medical School, University of Limerick, photo courtesy of Dennis Gilbert

Ceremony Videos

Below are links to view ceremony videos for the Pritzker Architecture Prize.
These videos, featuring full-length and highlight reels, are also available by
visiting the individual Laureate sections.

 

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara
2020 Laureates
Online Ceremony
Ceremony videos

 

Arata Isozaki
2019 Laureate
Château de Versailles, Versailles, France
Ceremony videos

 

Balkrishna Doshi
2018 Laureate
Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Canada
Ceremony videos

 

Rafael Aranda, Carme Pigem and Ramon Vilalta
2017 Laureates
State Guest House, Akasaka Palace, Tokyo, Japan
Ceremony videos

 

Alejandro Aravena
2016 Laureate
United Nations Headquarters, New York, New York
Ceremony videos

 

Frei Otto
2015 Laureate
The New World Center, Miami Beach, Florida, USA
Ceremony videos

 

Shigeru Ban
2014 Laureate
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Ceremony videos

 

Toyo Ito
2013 Laureate
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum,
Boston, Massachusetts
Ceremony videos

 

Wang Shu
2012 Laureate
The Great Hall of the People, Beijing, 
The People’s Republic of China
Ceremony videos

 

Eduardo Souto de Moura
2011 Laureate
The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington D.C.
Ceremony videos

 

Kazuyo Sejima & Ryue Nishizawa
2010 Laureates
Immigration Museum, Ellis Island, New York Bay
Ceremony videos

 

Peter Zumthor
2009 Laureate
Palace of the Buenos Aires City Legislature,
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ceremony videos
 

Jean Nouvel
2008 Laureate
The Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Ceremony videos

 

Richard Rogers
2007 Laureate
Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace, London, United Kingdom
Ceremony videos

 

Paulo Mendes da Rocha
2006 Laureate
Dolmabahçe Palace, Istanbul, Turkey
Ceremony videos


Thom Mayne
2005 Laureate
Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois
Ceremony videos


Zaha Hadid
2004 Laureate
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Ceremony videos


Jørn Utzon
2003 Laureate
Royal Academy of Fine Arts of San Fernando, Madrid, Spain
Ceremony videos


Glenn Murcutt
2002 Laureate
Michelangelo’s Campidoglio, Rome, Italy
Ceremony videos

 

Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron
2001 Laureates
Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia
Ceremony videos


Rem Koolhaas
2000 Laureate
Jerusalem Archaeological Park, Israel
Ceremony videos


 
 
 
 

Norman Foster
1999 Laureate
Altes Museum, Berlin, Germany
Ceremony videos

 

Renzo Piano
1998 Laureate
The White House, Washington, D.C.
Ceremony videos

 

Sverre Fehn
1997 Laureate
The construction site of the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Ceremony videos

 

Rafael Moneo
1996 Laureate
The construction site of the Getty Center, Los Angeles, California
Ceremony videos

 

Tadao Ando
1995 Laureate
Grand Trianon and the Palace of Versailles, France
Ceremony videos

 

Christian de Portzamparc
1994 Laureate
The Commons, Columbus, Indiana
Ceremony videos

 

Fumihiko Maki
1993 Laureate
Prague Castle, Czech Republic
Ceremony videos

 

Alvaro Siza
1992 Laureate
Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago, Illinois
Ceremony videos

 

Robert Venturi
1991 Laureate
Palacio de Iturbide, Mexico City, Mexico
Ceremony videos

 

Aldo Rossi
1990 Laureate
Palazzo Grassi, Venice, Italy
Ceremony videos

 

Frank Gehry
1989 Laureate
Todai-ji Buddhist Temple, Nara, Japan
Ceremony videos

 

Gordon Bunshaft &
Oscar Niemeyer
1988 Laureates
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Bunshaft ceremony videos
Niemeyer ceremony videos

 

Kenzo Tange
1987 Laureate
Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth, Texas
Ceremony videos

 

Gottfried Böhm
1986 Laureate
Goldsmiths’ Hall, London, United Kingdom
Ceremony videos

 

Hans Hollein
1985 Laureate
Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
San Marino, California
Ceremony videos

 

Richard Meier
1984 Laureate
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Ceremony videos

 

I.M. Pei
1983 Laureate
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York
Ceremony videos

 

Kevin Roche
1982 Laureate
Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois
Ceremony videos

 

James Stirling
1981 Laureate
National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.
Ceremony videos

 

Luis Barragán
1980 Laureate
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.
Ceremony videos

 

Philip Johnson
1979 Laureate
Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.
Ceremony videos

Archive

The Pritzker Architecture Prize, founded in 1979, seeks to maintain many of the documents, images, videos, and other materials related to its history. If you have a specific query about rights and reproductions or other media-related questions, please contact Director of Communications Eunice Kim. For all other inquiries, please contact Executive Director Martha Thorne.

Archive - Richard Rogers
Terminal 4, Madrid Barajas Airport, Madrid, Spain, 2005, Richard Rogers